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Literary Experiences in Peterborough & the Kawarthas

Bound to Learn Something New

Reading sparks the imagination and throughout history it has inspired people to travel.

Peterborough & the Kawarthas is well known for its historical and cultural attractions, but have you ever considered experiencing our area through the eyes of Canadian authors past and present?

Some of Canada’s most important authors have lived and worked here allowing us the opportunity to discover the area through their work. 

“Oh, what a magnificent scene of wild and lonely grandeur burst upon us as we swept round the little peninsula, and the whole majesty of Stony Lake broke upon us at once…”

Susanna Moodie, Roughing it in the Bush

Watch: The Word Travels

The Word Travels: Catharine Parr Traill and Susanna Moodie
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The Word Travels: Catharine Parr Traill and Susanna Moodie

About Catharine Parr Traill and Susanna Moodie Chronicling  the lives of two exceptional and inspirational women: sisters, writers, pioneers, and icons of the Canadian imagination.

The Word Travels: John Craig
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The Word Travels: John Craig

Beginning and ending his life in Peterborough, John Craig said that it was best “to write about places you know well, and make it of universal interest,” and that is what he did.

The Word Travels: Robertson Davies
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The Word Travels: Robertson Davies

A Canadian novelist, playwright, critic, journalist, and professor, learn about Robertson Davies, and his alter ego Samuel Marchbank, life in Peterborough.

The Word Travels: Robertson Davies Trent Valley Archives Tour
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The Word Travels: Robertson Davies Trent Valley Archives Tour

A TVA bus tour focused on the relationship between Robertson Davies and Peterborough on what would have been the author and former Examiner publisher’s 100th birthday.

The Word Travels: The Lakefield Literary Festival
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The Word Travels: The Lakefield Literary Festival

About the Lakefield Literary Festival The Lakefield Literary Festival celebrates its rich literary heritage each July on a weekend close to Margaret Laurence’s birthday, and showcases many current Canadian authors.

The Word Travels: Trent University Bata Library Special Collections
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The Word Travels: Trent University Bata Library Special Collections

The Special Collection currently consists of over 13,000 items, including books from the personal library of Margaret Laurence – an amazing spot to just sit down surrounded by her books.

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